“Human freedom involves our capacity to #VOWpause…”

“…between the stimulus and response and, in that pause, to choose the one response toward which we wish to throw our weight.” Rollo May

Life has been a steady sprint for at least the past month, and it doesn’t show signs of slowing significantly until June.

Many things in my day-to-day have had to take a backseat to my professional life (both the 9-to-5 and the side hustle), and that’s not the way I like to live these days.

I will be the first to admit–to many of my dear ones’ dismay–that I require hustle to function. However, over the past couple years, I have learned to love and slowly to need time. Time filled not with space or margin but with joy. Things that I invest in, with my time or talent treasure, for no other reason than that it brings me happiness:

Arranging fresh flowers.
Lying in the hammock, staring at the lights.
Drinking wine while listening to music, giving myself up to it. (I think it was Glennon Doyle Melton who said that music is a good place to practice being human–I couldn’t agree more.)

And when these things stop existing in my life, I know it’s time to pause.

To take the day off.
To do nothing but re-calibrate.
To paint my own version of a contemporary piece I love.
To write this post.
To arrange flowers.
To clean off the patio, hang the hammock and the lights, and just stay.
To drink wine and listen to Spotify.

Because life gives back to us what we give to it, and you cannot draw from an empty well.

And with that in mind…

This week we RECIPROCATE.

Steph’s PAUSE mantra: “Now and then it’s good to pause in the pursuit of happiness and just be happy.” Guillaume Apollinaire

Steph’s Song of the Week: I basically pressed pause on my Spotify this week too.

& Don’t miss Lin’s post on #VOWpause.

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